I have had a hectic few weeks recently taken up with college work, preparing for an exhibition, paid work and painting my sons’ school. The Powis Art Exhibition, which is the culmination of eleven months’ work, starts in two days’ time. I’ve got more paid work on at the moment than I’ve had in the last couple of years. And over the last six months I have been painting book characters and geometric shapes on walls, turning sheds into elephants and painting fences with rainbow colours. I feel as if I am slowly making my way around the school with my paintbrush. I have had little time left over for blogging.
I also feel as if I haven’t had many opportunities to capture the world of the ordinary with my camera during these last few months. However, over half term I went to North Wales for a week’s holiday with friends. This week, being relatively devoid of work commitments and other demands, allowed me some time to take my camera out and about to snap the ordinary.
I wish I had time to learn more about how to take good photographs. I still mostly point and click and hope for the best. I know a little more about f-stops and the like than I did 12 months ago, but not enough. I rely on luck a lot.
I like to use my camera as a quick sketch pad. I love the fact that I can capture something that I wouldn’t otherwise have time to sketch. If it turns out to be a good photograph in its own right, then that is a bonus.
The only problem with my digital camera is that it is bulky and cumbersome. I upset an old lady in WHSmiths in Caernarfon while we were on holiday by bumping into her with my camera.
She obviously wasn’t an art lover, or an artist lover.